“[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”
Our representative republic depends upon an accurate count of citizens living in the United States. We have a responsibilty to provide the information needed, but there is no mention in the Constitution about the need for private information.
The Rapid City Journal reported yesterday that Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) released a statement regarding his support for the unconstitutional government health care bill in congress. It was, shall we say, very interesting. While Johnson says he wants to be “on the right side of history” with his health care vote, he has made it overwhelmingly clear that he could not be more on the wrong side of history–with all the failures of socialism.
If our society chooses to embrace the notion that the unborn only matter when they are wanted (and affordable), it is only a matter of time before we allow ourselves to be persuaded that the human rights of infants, the disabled, the elderly, the poor, the unproductive, or even the unemployed are similarly mutable. This way of looking at our fellow humans – no matter how cleverly disguised by the rhetoric of “rights” or “dignity” – is evidence of a poisonous and depraved state of mind.
Speaking a couple years ago about technology and education, Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs said that technology wouldn’t matter as long as you can’t fire teachers. “I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way,” he said. Jobs likened schools to running a small business that he said could never succeed if you can’t hire and fire. Reasonable? I think so.